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Saint of 9/11 - The True Story of Father Mychal Judge

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THE SPIRIT OF A GAY PRIEST, FATHER MYCHAL JUDGE, IS CELEBRATED IN THIS UPLIFTING & POIGNANT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE COMPASSIONATE CHAPLAIN OF THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO RUSH TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPTMEBER 11, 2001.

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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Larry Boes, Everald Brathwaite, Thomas Paul Carey, Brian Carroll
  • Directors: Glenn Holsten
  • Producers: Brendan Fay, Malcolm Lazin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Virgil Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ION2IU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saint of 9/11 - The True Story of Father Mychal Judge" on IMDb

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By Peter Kahrmann on October 20, 2006
Format: DVD
The power of Father Mychal Judge's impact on those who knew him and those, like me, who only met him through this documentary, is his honesty, his ability to accept life as is, and his thoroughly non-judgemental way of interacted with others.

I did not experience this work as a work about a gay man or gay priest or an alcoholic man or an alcoholic priest who showed courage on 9/11. Instead, I experienced this work as being about a man who dealt with alcoholism and who happened to be gay. Each truth is but a component of the man, neither one is his definition. The defining truth about Father Mychal Judge is found in his courage, honesty, capacity for acceptance, his non-judgement of others and his unflinching loyalty to the firefighters. A loyalty that is underscored when one learns that Mayor Guiliani told Father Mychal, who was at the WTC with the firefighters, he could join the mayor's party and go to a safe place. Father Mychal said, "No, I've got to stay with my men."

Father Mychal was administering to a dying firefighter when he was killed in the collapse of the first tower. Father Mychal Judge understood that, as I have heard in the rooms of AA, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking less about yourself." I think everyone should see this documentary. Perhaps Father Mychal Judge knew there is no safer place than heaven.
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Saint of 9/11 is a touching remembrance of Fr. Mychal Judge, the first recorded fatality of the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. Through interviews of people whose lives he's touched and archival video, a multi-layered tapestry is unveiled, revealing the rich life of the openly gay Fransciscan friar and beloved fire chaplain for the FDNY. He was an inspiration to many. You would pal around with him, before consciously remembering that he was a man of the cloth.

Fr. Mychal is universally seen as a 'living saint' and Brooklyn's favorite son: a protector of the city's disenfranchised and spiritual guide for the average Joe.

Through a series of anecdotes that director Glenn Holsten smoothly gels into one another, you get to know about the Franciscan priest with 'the wild laugh' whose passion was to simply serve others.

While Fr. Mychal was a superhuman dynamo, he was admittedly not perfect. And yet, you get the impression that he's looked into his soul, judged himself accordingly and moved onward with his life.

While Saint is not an overtly gay film, Fr. Mychal's sexuality cannot be ignored in this review. His sexuality was a part of the priest's personhood. What makes Holsten's direction so powerful is that he doesn't ignore the topic nor treat it with heavy-handed diatribe.

In the end, viewers are left in awe, wishing that they've known a "Fr. Mychal" in their lives. At the same time, they are left open to the audacious possiblity that they could be a "Fr. Mychal"!

If you are looking to be inspired, this is the DVD to buy!
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Father Judge died on 9-11 being of assistance to his beloved firefighters. This work explores his life through people who knew him best.

If you loved Mother Theresa, you should love this guy. He helped the homeless. He had ethnic pride. A black man was interviewed who spoke of how Judge befriended and aided him; I get the sense the Father was an anti-racism advocate.

He was human like everyone else, just with a big heart. He admitted to struggling with alcoholism. He got a shamrock tattoo "somewhere private" without realizing it. He was not out everywhere, so the closet was a challenge for him, like many gay men.

Many bigots say that gay men can't be patriotic and are immoral. Here was a man full of ethics. He died helping those in need. He should be respected by people of all sexualities.

I read a review elsewhere that said he couldn't be gay because he was a priest. However, in this work, the people who knew him said he identified as gay. Deal with it if you can't! If I remember correctly, they do not say whether he was always celibate. They could have been braver by truthfully addressing that issue.

Ian McKellen follows Harvey Fierstein in being an openly gay man narrating a documentary about another openly gay man. His voice has the resonance and authority that one would expect for such an accomplished actor.

At times gushy, this piece was still a powerful one that every American should enjoy and from which every American should learn.
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A must see,not just about Father Mychal on 9/11,but a loving tribute to the man who exemplified what a Good Catholic was meant to be.Giving his new coat to the homeless,celebrating Mass with DignityNY,his work with AIDS clients,driving around with what I see as loving gifts of food,clothing,water,prayer,a hug,treating everyone like one would like to be treated in return.And for narrator,Human Rights Advocate Sir Ian McKellen,speaks volumes of the man who was the priest,and 1st victim of the collapse of the Twin Towers.Too bad Reagan Era Politics didn't do as much to treat AIDS as Obama et al to contain Ebola.
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I knew Father Mychal very well, he was a dear freind of mine. I went to St. Joseph's Church when he was a priest there and spent a lot of time with him. Actually, I became a Catholic as I spent a year going to classes every Monday night to know about the religion, and after that time, I decided to convert. He married me, came to our home and blessed it and also blessed our car.
It was very touching to watch the DVD and seeing him again. His story was wonderful and I will treasure it as a favorite in my collection.
Thank you so much for this fabulous documentary.
Sincerely,
PAT PERSON
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